N2K_001bRepublican candidates are giving us many reasons for pride this year, and Democrats are offering a few chuckles. Cheers for Ed Gillespie, Mike McFadden, Bobby Jindal, and Chris Christie. Mona and Jay note with wry amusement the inability of Democratic senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes (she does have a musical name, Jay observes) to say whether she voted for Barack Obama. They laugh at her – and him.

Grimes is one of the Democratic candidates who thought the “War on Women” farce could be reprised in 2014, but that is looking increasingly unlikely. Grimes has been hit with one of those secret tapings that make Jay and Mona a little queasy, but which reveal the truth nonetheless.

The hosts wonder why Obama hates the press. What more could they have done for him? Erect a golden calf?

Finally, after the usual meandering conversation, they settle on something to disagree on – women and the hook up culture. Are they victims? If so, of whom? The podcast closes with thoughts about Beatrix Potter and genius. Speaking of genius, Anna Netrebko sings us out with a little Verdi.

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  1. Petty Boozswha Inactive

    JK Galbraith was our ambassador to India during the Kennedy administration. He was left pretty much on his own to handle America’s response to the Chinese/Indian war while the rest of the administration was consumed with the Cuban missile crisis.

    I look forward to Mona’s book and thank you for that great piece of music at the end.

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    • October 10, 2014, at 2:05 PM PDT
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  2. Josh FX Inactive

    In both Need to Know and GLOP Culture the podcasters have called Leon Panetta an “old-School Democrat” and a “JFK Democrat.” Well, yes and no. I get what they are gesturing at, in the sense that Panetta is not a New Left politician. But, Panetta was a Republican until 1971, and assistant to the Secretary of HEW and subsequently Director of the Office for Civil Rights in the Nixon Administration.

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    • October 11, 2014, at 8:20 AM PDT
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  3. Mona Charen Contributor

    Thanks to you both for the info. Had forgotten that it was Kennedy Administration Galbraith served, and did not know that Panetta began his political life as a Republican — albeit a liberal Republican. That’s what so great about Ricochet listeners.

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    • October 11, 2014, at 1:40 PM PDT
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  4. Kim K. Member
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    I think Mona kind of stepped over Jay’s point at the end about the culpability of women in the current rape “crisis.” While sexual assault is certainly happening in some instances, not all women are merely victims of rapacious men. Women may indeed be “falling into bed”, but a good number are pulling their partner du jour in with them. To put all the blame on men is unbalanced.

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    • October 11, 2014, at 1:46 PM PDT
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  5. kylez Member
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    Kim K.:I think Mona kind of stepped over Jay’s point at the end about the culpability of women in the current rape “crisis.” While sexual assault is certainly happening in some instances, not all women are merely victims of rapacious men. Women may indeed be “falling into bed”, but a good number are pulling their partner du jour in with them. To put all the blame on men is unbalanced.

    Men are naturally more sexually promiscuous than women, but they are only successful at it when women allow them to be.

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    • October 11, 2014, at 5:22 PM PDT
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  6. kylez Member
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    Nice to hear Mona’s words about Ms. Potter. I saw that film a couple of years ago and thought it was great. Beautifully made, touching story, and a really charming performance by Rene Zellweger. I then bought it cheap from Amazon, and a couple other families I had borrow it really liked it as well. Definitely one of the more underrated gems of recent years.

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    • October 11, 2014, at 5:27 PM PDT
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  7. Podkayne of Israel Member

    A particularly successful podcast. And I agree with Jay, women are equally culpable in the “hookup culture”. Have young women been “brainwashed”? Maybe we all are, to an extent, but an independent person should be able to figure these things out eventually.

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    • October 13, 2014, at 9:47 AM PDT
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  8. Lady Randolph Inactive

    I like your comments about “rape culture,” Mona… I think it is especially important to point out that sexual assault tends to be done by the same men over and over again. It’s sad to see the Left implying that every male college student is a potential rapist, when really, the blame belongs with a small number of assailants.

    I love Miss Potter too. :)

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    • October 15, 2014, at 8:30 AM PDT
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